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Michael Walton Pfau died Thursday, March 12 in Norman after a brief illness. He was born March 14, 1945. Mr. Pfau’s life and career expressed his passion for research, argumentation and teaching. After graduating from Bloomington High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force, earned his bachelor’s of arts degree and master’s of arts degree from the University of New Hampshire, and later obtained his Ph.D from the University of Arizona. Dr. Pfau impacted the lives of countless students — especially those he worked with at Alexander Ramsey High School in Roseville, M.N. (71-75); Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. (75-93); the University of Wisconsin in Madison (93-01); the University of Oklahoma (01-09); and a multitude of debate institutes and tournaments. Wherever he taught, he channeled his unflagging energy to motivate and inspire students to reach their goals. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ginger Nelson Pfau; son Michael and his wife Amanda; grandchildren, Anika and Callan; daughter, Julie Pfau; sisters Shirlene Merrill and Kelly Kuehn, as well as a multitude of beloved family members, friends, academic colleagues, and former students. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Vivian Pfau. Services were March 18 at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Bloomington, M.N. Burial was at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. Local arrangements with Havenbrook Funeral Home of Norman. Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Oklahoma Foundation (100 Timberdell Rd, Norman, OK 73019) for the Michael Pfau Scholarship Fund. Send condolences online at www.havenbrookfuneralhome.com/Obituaries.htm.
Published on  March 18, 2009
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